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Issue 176 - April, 2014 (2nd Edition) - Page 13

HOAX: '2 Suns In The Sky On April 21st - Star Meccyroid'

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Circulating report claims that the star Meccyroid will pass close to earth on April 21st 2014, resulting in the appearance of two suns in the sky over a 9-hour period.

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Brief Analysis
The report is an absurd hoax. There is no star called 'Meccyroid'. Nor, thankfully, is any star other than our own sun set to pass 'close to earth'. The story is strongly reminiscent of the notorious annual 'mars close to earth' hoax. The bogus report comes courtesy of the fake news website NewsHound. The site specializes in publishing loads of unmitigated nonsense disguised as news.

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On April 21st, the Star Meccyroid will pass by the planet earth in such a manner that there will be 2 Sun's in our sky for 9 hours.

This kind of phenomenon will only happen every 1461 years and will not happen again until the year 3475, so dont miss out on this historical moment for mankind.

Detailed Analysis
According to a story that is going viral via social media, the star Meccyroid will pass very close to earth on April 21st, 2014. The message claims that during a 9-hour period on that date, there will be two suns in the sky. Supposedly, this event occurs only once every 1461 years and nobody alive will get to see it again.

But, of course, the claims in the report are utter nonsense. There is no star called Meccyroid. Nor will any foreign star be so close to earth - on April 21 or any other foreseeable date - that it looks like a second sun. Given that the sudden appearance of another star in such close proximity would likely destroy our little planet, it is good news that the story is a hoax.

This utterly ridiculous tale comes courtesy of the fake news website NewsHound. The site is rapidly becoming notorious for generating viral hoaxes disguised as news.

And, this particular hoax is not even original. Its author clearly plagiarized the long running 'Mars' hoax. The earlier hoax claims Mars will be so close to earth in August that it will look as large as the moon to the naked eye. The hoax has circulated every July and August for years on end. The message was loosely based on a true close encounter that occurred in 2003, but has morphed into a silly hoax in the years since. Much of the phrasing in the 'two suns' hoax is lifted from versions of the Mars hoax.

The NewsHound website is responsible for another recent viral hoax that claimed that British scientists had cloned a dinosaur. And, an earlier story published on the site told the entirely fictional tale of a woman stranded on an island for seven years before a Google Earth user spotted her SOS sign on the island's beach. Nothing on the NewsHound website should be taken seriously.

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Last updated: April 7, 2014
First published: April 7, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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  1. FALSE - Facebook Warning About Morphine in Chocolate Chick Smarties
  2. HOAX - '15 foot Eastern Brown Snake Found Near Caloundra Golf Course'
  3. Facebook Limiting Posts Warning - 'This is a Test'
  4. SCAM -'R.I.P. Dwayne Johnson' - The Rock is NOT Dead
  5. NONSENSE - 'All Americans Microchipped by 2017'
  6. SCAM - 'Devil's Pool Fall Epic Selfie Video'
  7. Heartbleed Bug - Users Warned to Change All Passwords
  8. HOAX - 'Justin Bieber Admits To Being Bi-Sexual'
  9. PHISHING SCAM - 'Click to Read Vital Newsletter'
  10. RingCentral 'New Fax Message' Malware Email
  11. LIKE-FARMING SCAM - 'Wife Pregnant for 13 Months Needs Prayers'
  12. 'New Voicemail' Pharmacy Spam Email
  13. HOAX: '2 Suns In The Sky On April 21st - Star Meccyroid'
  14. Facebook Promotion, Lottery and Award Scams
  15. April Fools Joke - 'United States to Ban Raw Meat Sales'
  16. iTunes Purchase Receipt Phishing Scam
  17. Dwayne Johnson is NOT Dead
  18. Nails in Cheese Dog Park Warning Message
  19. Product Order Request Money Laundering Emails
  20. Capitec 'Routine Maintenance' Phishing Scam
  21. MALWARE - 'Confidential - ALL Employees Important Document'
  22. SCAM - 'Flight MH370 Found in Indian Ocean Shocking Video'
  23. Lamborghini Giveaway Facebook Like-Farming Scam
  24. Barclays 'Detected Irregular Activity' Phishing Scam
  25. MALWARE - 'Traffic Accident With Your Car' Email
  26. HOAX - 'British Scientists Clone Dinosaur'
  27. Facebook Sick Child Hoax - 'Help Boy with Massive Tumour by Liking, Sharing and Commenting'